Adult Learning

  • “Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream” A Passover Lunch and Film Program, Thursday, April 9 at Noon

    Posted ‍‍יד אדר ב' ה תשעה - March 5, 2015 By in Adult Learning, Latest News, Lifelong Learning With | Comments Off Streit's Matza image

    Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream - Passover Lunch and Film Program

    Free for members / Non-members $7

    RSVP by April 7

    We will gather at Noon in Speen Hall for – what else? – Streit’s matzo and hot soup. Bring a side or salad for yourself and, if you like. a dessert to share — Kosher for Passover food only (no noodles, bread or baked goods with leavening, no pork or shellfish). The film, which runs 65 minutes, will begin at 12:30 P.M.

    On Manhattan’s Lower East Side, in a series of four nondescript brick tenement buildings, sits the Streit’s Matzo factory. In 1925, when Aron Streit opened the factory’s doors, it sat at the heart of the nations largest Jewish immigrant community. Today, in its fifth generation of family ownership, in a rapidly gentrifying Lower East Side, it remains as the last family owned matzo factory in America. Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream takes audiences on a nostalgic tour of the last family-owned matzo factory in the U.S., still baking a 3,000-year-old recipe. This January, the New York Times carried news of the family’s decision to move production from the Lower East Side to a yet-to-be-determined site in New Jersey, ending an era for the company.

    While other matzo companies have modernized, Streit’s is a piece of living history, churning out 40 percent of the nation’s unleavened bread on prewar machinery as old as the factory itself. The sense of tradition and resilience is reflected in the owners, inheritors of a five-generation Jewish family business. Filmmaker Michael Levine captures the characters within the story, in particular the loyal and surprisingly diverse factory employees, some of whom have worked at Streit’s for decades. Even in the highly gentrified Lower East Side, their colorful on-camera anecdotes represent the continuation of the immigrant dream.

    While lamenting an old New York lost to modernity, Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream celebrates a venerable Jewish institution still thriving on family ties. It is a story of tradition and resilience, of the perseverance of the Jewish people, and of immigrants of all faith, so many of whom have found a home on the Lower East Side, behind the doors of Streit’s, or in the matzo they bake.


  • Yom HaShoah Service & Film: Defiant Requiem, Wednesday, April 15 at 7pm

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    Falmouth Jewish Congregation will hold a service to mark Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, followed by a free screening of the film Defiant Requiem. The public is welcome to all or any part of the evening’s program. The service will begin at 7:00 P.M. and the film will start at approximately 7:40 P.M. Both service and film will take place in the Blanche & Joel D. Seifer Community Center at 7 Hatchville Road.

    Defiant Requiem tells the little-known chapter of resistance that transpired at the Nazi concentration camp Terezin (Theresienstadt), where Jewish inmates fought their oppressors with art and music.  In the face of horrific living conditions, starvation, and the threat of deportation to Auschwitz, the Jewish inmates of Terezin – artists, musicians, poets and writers – fought back by staging plays, composing opera, and using paper and ink to record the horrors they witnessed. This creative rebellion reached its peak when conductor Rafael Schaechter led a choir of 150 inmates in studying and performing one of the world’s most difficult and powerful choral works, Verdi’s Requiem, a Catholic liturgical work re-imagined as a condemnation of the Nazis. Schaechter led over a dozen performances of Verdi’s Requiem. In 1944, they delivered their final performance right in the face of Nazi leaders during a site visit from the International Red Cross, staged to give the impression of Terezin as an idyllic town set aside for Czech Jews. Soon afterwards, Schaechter and the remaining choir members were transported to Auschwitz, where an entire generation of Czecholovakia’s Jewish musicians died.

    The film has at its central focus the inmates’ defiant performance of Verdi’s Requiem, but it also tells the story of a contemporary tribute to Schaechter by the Boston-based conductor Murry Sidlin, who in 2006 conducted a memorial performance of the Requiem at Terezin. Doug Shultz, the film’s writer and director, began this project as a straightforward filming of Sidlin’s concert at Terezin, but it grew into a documentary that features interviews with survivors of Terezin and animations developed from surviving drawings depicting life at Terezin by artists imprisoned there. Commenting on the power of the Requiem story, Shultz commented: “…when you hear this story, it taps into some different place, in terms of the power of the human spirit. To create under those circumstances is pretty incredible.”

  • Knitting Circle – Creating for Ourselves and Others in the FJC

    Posted ‍‍ג כסלו ה תשעב - November 29, 2011 By in Adult Learning, Lifelong Learning, Social Action With | Comments Off knitting

    Led by Member Ilene Karnow

    Daytime, evening, and Sunday morning sessions to be offered in January

    Just ask anyone who knits while waiting for an appointment, at a child’s sporting event, a meeting, or while riding a bus – a conversation about something knitted will ensue and a connection is formed.

    Knitting has been shown to benefit us by altering our physiology, mental states and even attitudes! Join in and make a difference for yourself and others.  You can help create items to wrap around all generations of our FJC community, such as baby hats and sweaters and shawls/blankets for the ill and chilled created from individually-knit squares.

    Knitters of all levels are welcome, from novices to experts, men and women. All are welcome and we will help one another. The Knitting Way – A Guide to Spiritual Self Discovery by Skolnik and McDaniels is our resource.

    Come once, twice, or all three times. Can’t make any of the dates, but still want to learn? Are you a snowbird who is unavailable but would like to participate upon your return?

    Please contact Ilene Karnow or Pamela Rothstein (

    [Submitted by Pamela Rothstein, Director of Lifelong Learning]

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